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Apartment hit by gunfire, not believed to be random act


Tuesday afternoon, Valdosta Police Department detectives were continuing to pursue leads in the case of an apartment being hit by gunfire early Tuesday morning.

At approximately 12:13 a.m., officers were called out to apartment C4 at the Stone Creek apartment complex located at 1197 Melody Ln. for a report of shots fired.

According to the incident report, there were several people inside the apartment at the time but no one was hurt. When officers arrived at the apartment, they discovered that a bullet had gone through a back window of the apartment.

Police did not believe this was a random act. Valdosta Police Department Cpt. Bobbi McGraw said the incident may be related to a recent argument and as of Tuesday afternoon detectives were confident they knew who they were looking for.

 This marked the 6th case of a residence or car being hit by gunfire in Valdosta within the past week and a half. Tuesday afternoon, police did not believe, however, that the shots fired at the Stone Creek apartment complex were connected to any of the other five incidents.

As of Tuesday afternoon, police had only made an arrest in one of the six cases.

Cpt. McGraw encouraged citizens to take advantage of the department's gun education program as a way to help cut down on gun violence in the city.

"Just contact us here at the Valdosta Police Department. Officer Vernotis Williams will be glad to get that in his schedule somehow," Cpt. McGraw said. "If he's unable to do it, we'll certainly have an officer come out and talk about it. But, I believe gettin' the message across early is key."

Anyone with any information about these cases or any other crime is asked to contact the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3091.

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